Culture and Customs of Brazil
Race, religion, language, culture, and national character are full of contradictions. Brazil, the largest country in South America, embodies so much paradox that it defies neat description. This book will help students and general readers dispel stereotypes of Brazil and begin to understand what country's bigness means in terms of its land, people, history, society, and cultural expressions.
This is the only authoritative yet accessible volume on Brazil that surveys a wide range of important topics, from geography, to social customs, art, architecture, and more. Highlights include discussions of the fluid definitions of race, rituals of candomble, the importance of extended family networks, beach culture, and soccer madness. A chronology and glossary supplement the text.
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Principally a commercial center , it began rapid growth in the nineteenth century
with the arrival of large numbers of immigrants , notably from Germany , and with
the Germans came a new industry , beer production . Consistent with the country
IMMIGRATION Beginning early in the nineteenth century the British exercised
their considerable political ( and naval ) influence on Brazil to end the slave trade
, and when slavery in any case became less and less economically viable , the ...
A case in point is one of the most famous Brazilian painters of the late nineteenth
century , Pedro Américo ( de Figueireido e Melo ) ( 1843 – 1915 ) . Pedro
Américo was fond of paintings inspired by Biblical motifs , but he became famous
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